Social Security Disability Blindness

Does Blindness or Vision Impairment Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | October 21st, 2013

October 21, 2013

There are many conditions that can qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Benefits, but one of the most common is blindness or visual impairment. Data from the National Federation for the Blind estimates there are roughly 6.6 million American citizens who suffer from a visual impairment.

Blindness can be caused by a number of accidents and conditions, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Exposure to Harmful Substances or Light

Experts say that roughly 3 percent of the blind live below the poverty line, and may require Social Security Disability benefits as a source of income. In order to qualify for these benefits though, claimants must meet certain requirements. First, the recipient must have worked long enough and paid into the system enough to collect benefits. The individual must also have their vision professionally tested in order to determine whether or not the claimant’s vision can be qualified as disabling.

Those with vision issues may also qualify for a program called Supplemental Security Income. The program is need-based and does not require a work history in order to be eligible.

The Social Security Administration also offers several other services and benefit programs to the blind, including notices printed in brail.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how debilitating a loss of vision can be. The firm is here to help anyone who is blind and considering applying for disability benefits.

Does Blindness Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

Many Americans depend on their ability to see in order to work and make a living. Having their sight taken away by an accident or illness can result in an inability to provide enough income for their family. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there may be help available for these individuals though.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that blindness and vision impairment may qualify an individual for disability benefits. However, there are certain criteria that must first be met by the patient. In order to receive benefits for blindness, an individual most undergo an examination to determine the extent of their condition and if it can be treated. A person is considered to suffer from statutory blindness if they have 20/200 vision or less in their good eye while using corrective lenses.

These benefits still may prove to not be enough for the patient to live comfortably. In this case, an individual who is blind may also qualify to receive additional benefits, known as Supplemental Security Income. This is money, still paid by the SSA, but is based on need and not on work history.

The team of attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how important Social Security Disability Benefits can prove to be for the blind and are here to help anyone with a visual impairment that is considering applying for such benefits.